So now that I am back in the US and back to work--the weekends are really something to cherish and look forward to again! Boy was I spoiled in the UAE with not working! (If you are curious as to what I'm doing--I'm staying home with Eleanor and watching a couple to few other kiddos, and yes, am exhausted when the day is done. It's been great to be able to continue to stay home with her though and there are seriously ZERO library jobs.)
This weekend was particularly great as it approached because it feels like it's the first weekend since we've been home at the start of August that hasn't been busy busy with family visiting or moving or some other planned hoo-haa.
This weekend, we.... --went to OSU campus to visit the new Main Library there. Wow! If you are a former student, it's worth a visit. It's beautiful and I'm jealous that Michael can go there anytime during his day that he wants. Make sure to visit the top 11th floor to see a nice reading room with a 360 view of campus, including the Oval. I love how excited I get in a great library and know I couldn't imagine being anything but a librarian. --we fed ducks at Mirror Lake on campus --visited the public library to get our weekly new stock of picture books --grilled some delicious steak kabobs with green bell pepper and onion --listened to lots of Wilco, including their new self-titled album (great camel cover) --got in a family nap
And we still have half of Sunday to go! Not sure what we are going to do yet. Things has been very chill and relaxed. Nothing we had to do but anything we wanted to do. This morning I put a whole chicken in the crock pot and our house is full of wonderful onion and garlic smells.....
And next weekend my mom is coming up to babysit and Michael and I have a date! We haven't been out together since before we went to the UAE last year. We are seriously looking forward to it! Just thinking what we want to do is pretty exciting in itself.
p.s. I am borrowing the term "weekending" from a favorite blog I read--Soule Mama. Check it out if you haven't. Very inspiring.
The title of this blog was inspired by the utopian novel by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, author of The Yellow Wallpaper. The word itself has went further and captured for me a special sense of "place" for me and my daughter Eleanor. A free copy of the book can be read online by clicking the image.
Check out my first blog--Al Ain Notebook--written during our family's year abroad in the United Arab Emirates (2008-2009)
Books Read 2010
03. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
02. Never Let Me Go by Kazup Ishiguaro
01. Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
Books Read 2009
23. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
22. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
21. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
20. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
19. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
18. Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos
17. Stuart Little by EB White
16. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
15. Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
14. The Olive Readers by Christine Aziz
13. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
12. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
10. Princess: The True Story of Life Inside the Saudi Arabia's Royal Family by Jean Sasson